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October 21st, 2012
21 October 2012
Who needs space – for a party, rehearsal, course, seminar, meeting place, film set – anything else you can think of?
The Daktory offers plenty of space for all kinds of events. There is a projector and screen for showing films, a good sound system, recreational facilities, plenty of room and plenty of seating. The furniture can be arranged to suit whatever you want to do. Catering can be DIY.
The Daktory is available for hire on very reasonable terms. Give us a call on (09) 948 1049 to talk about your event and what you need. We want to help you make it a success!
Just dropping by for a visit….
There has been one visit from the cops in the past week – Sergeant Winthrop stopped by on his own, without his usual backup. On Sunday, while the club was open, 3 cop cars drove by very slowly, but did not stop to visit. One of the cop cars stopped close to the building, turned the flashing lights on for about 30 seconds, sat there a little longer, then drove slowly away.
What does that mean? A new form of surveillance? Testing the lights? Just felt like flashing? Maybe the Cyber Crime Unit will tell us – they read these blogs, because trying to legalise cannabis is a danger to society, or something.
The current government’s hostility to cannabis is no doubt part of John Key’s desperate sucking up to the USA. In a few weeks, 3 American states – Colorado, Oregon and Washington – will have binding referendums on legalising cannabis for adults. There is a good chance they will pass in at least 2 states. Then things could get interesting.
Our next court support protest will be for Billy McKee’s sentencing on October 30 in Palmerston North. Contact the Daktory if you want to be there or you can help in any way.
October 8th, 2012
On Saturday Dakta Green was a guest speaker at the Libertarianz annual conference, along with party founder Lindsay Perigo and Auckland councillor Dick Quax. Introduced as “a man of conviction and a man with many convictions,” Dakta Green spoke about his journey from National Party member to law reformer, his prison experiences, and his determination to keep fighting on behalf of the cannabis community.
The Libertarianz believe all drugs should be legal, they support voluntary euthanasia, and they want to reduce the size and scope of government. They have been on the political fringe, but their ideas are spreading – as shown by the campaigns of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the USA.
Open Days still open
We had a few people drop by on Sunday and a few more came by trying to buy cannabis – sorry, everyone, the dispensary is closed.
We will be open on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons until further notice. Wednesdays from 7.30 to 10 pm, Sundays from noon to 6 pm. Come and talk to us – help us keep the Daktory alive.
October 4th, 2012
Some good news from the legal sysem this week. Doug McLeod had a charge withdrawn – the charge of permitting premises to be used for consumption of cannabis. He was charged with this “crime” because he was staying at the Daktory one of the times when it was raided.
Eight people turned up at Waitakere Ditrict Court this wet and chilly morning to support Doug. We got plenty of toots and waves from passing traffic as hundreds of people saw our signs.
They told Doug to be at the court at 9 am, but it was early 10 am before the judge turned up. Why are judges alwys late? In most oher jobs you would get sacked if you were late all the time.
Fortunately, Doug’s case was the first one to be called. The police sought leave to withdraw the charge, and it was all over. A few people clapped, but not loud enough to upset the judge.
Doug stood in the dock, proudly wearing his Freedom is NORML T shirt, and asked for an apology from the prosecutor. The judge told him to take it up with his lawyer, and he was free to go.
We gathered outside the court for another show of signs and more photos – you’ll find some of them on Facebook. Doug called out “Cannabis for sale!” when a cop walked by.
Doug’s next appearance at Waitakere court will be on yet amother bullshit charge. He was arrested or sparking up a solar cone at a previous protest. This is a classic example of how the police try to bully the law reform movement into submission.
Dakta Gizi is back at the Daktory, now that her bail conditions have been changed, and she no longer has a curfew. So no more 5 am curfew checks by the filth – a favorite trick of theirs.
At Monday’s bail hearing, police opposed the changes. They even tried to get Dakta Green’s bail conditions altered, in spite of the fact that it was not his bail hearing. They claimed that “law breaking” is still going on at the Daktory. No comment.
Thanks to the people who replied with information about other court appearances. We don’t know about them unless somebody tells us, and we want to spread the word about any of our people being vicrtimized by the legal system – so keep the info coming.
Huge Crowds At Open Day
Just kidding, folks. It was a very quiet Sunday afternoon at the Daktory, but a few friends dropped by – and nothing bad happened. So we did it again Wednesday evening. Six people turned up this time – all wanting to buy weed. We hd to disappoint them – we can no longer offer that service, and we ask people not to smoke on the premises.
Everything else is still here at the Daktory – the pool table, table tennis, table soccer, darts, chess, snacks and drinks, and hard core Daktivists.
We’re having another open day this Sunday, noon to 6 pm. Come and talk to us about what you would like to see and do at the club. We are open to suggestions.
Become a member and help the Daktory survive. Membership is just $20 a month. If enough people join, we can afford to keep the club running – and get the Cannabus back on the road.
For anyone who would like to donate through automatic payment or online banking, the account number is:
Last But Not Least
A big “Thank You” to everyone who has made a donation to the Daktory. Your support will help to make it possible to reopen and to continue the fight for our rights.
September 28th, 2012
Dakta Blaze had to go to court on Thursday on a charge of obstruction, after he closed the door behind him when talking to police last Friday. He and Dakta Green got to court at 8.30 am to find that the police had not got their paperwork together and nothing had been organised. After waiting around for three hours, they finally got a hearing and had the case put off till October 8, when Blaze is appearing on other charges.
This will be at Waitakere District Court, in Ratanui Street, Henderson. We hope that our friends can come to the court and show their support for Dakta Blaze and their outrage at the ridiculous waste of time and taxpayer’s money this case involves. Meet at 8.30 am.
Daktivists will be keeping the courts busy in the near future. On October 1 Dakta Green and Dakta Gizi are in Waitakere court for a call over for their charges arising from the June raid on the Daktory.
On October 5 Doug McLeod will appear in Waitakere court – he is charged with permitting premises to be used for smoking cannabis. This charge was laid because he was staying at the Daktory when it was raided, and he gave the club as his address.
We hope people can also come to this court hearing to protest the ongoing police harassment and time wasting. Meeting time for this protest is also 8.30 am. Doug might demonstrate his legendary solar cone – weather permitting.
Billy McKee’s sentencing date is October 29 in Palmerston North. It is possible that he could be sentenced to prison. Supporters are planning an all night vigil at the court on the night before his sentencing – further details to be advised.
It is important to keep up the pressure on the courts to let them know that the cannabis community will not tolerate the ongoing persecution and injustice directed at our people.
September 22nd, 2012
Sergeant Jon Winthrop, office in charge of New Lynn police, apparently thinks that harassment of the Daktory is an important mission that needs major resources devoted to it.
His latest outing was on Friday, just two days after the launch of the bitcoin exchange. Winthrop turned up with four other cops and a dog, demanding to search the premises.
Dakta Green’s latest bail conditions state that police can only search the Daktory when he is present, and they have to phone first to ensure that he is there.
At the time of their visit, Dakta Green was in the shower, so Dakta Blaze answered the door. He went outside and shut the door behind him.
Winthrop said they were going to search under the Bail Act and to open the door. Blaze reminded the cops about Dakta Green’s bail conditions, and Winthrop replied that he would count to three and Blaze would be arrested for obstruction if he did not open the door.
Blaze promptly put his hands behind his back and told Winthrop to arrest him. Winthrop asked him if Dakta Green was home, to which Blaze replied that he did not wish to speak to him until he had spoken to a lawyer.
Winthrop then told Blaze he was a “fucking idiot”. Blaze asked Winthrop if he just swore at him, and Winthrop admitted that he did. Blaze was arrested for obstructing police, then charged with breaching bail for being at the Daktory when he arrived at the police station. This was found to be an error with the paperwork and the charge was dropped.
Blaze will be lodging a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority. Meanwhile, the sniffer dog found nothing – again.
September 8th, 2012
The cops called it Operation Relief – targeting Billy McKee for helping sick people who need cannabis. An undercover slimeball who’s name has been removed due to a complaint under the privacy act, so we’ll call him Officer “Fuck-you”* contacted Billy through the Green Cross website. He pretended to suffer from severe migraines. Billy had a family member who had severe migraines and eventually died from a brain tumor – so he was genuinely concerned about Officer “Fuck-you”* and wanted to help him.
As a result of trying to provide help to someone he believed to be a genuine medical cannabis user, Billy was convicted of supplying and cultivating cannabis – another injustice of prohibition to add to a list that is already far too long.
Supporters gather in front of Palmerston North courthouse at 9am. People have come from Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Waihi, Ohura, Wellington and Golden Bay, joined by a few locals – about 20 people altogether. It is raining and cold.
The parking system in the centre of town takes some getting used to. There are sensors in the pavement that activate as soon as a car drives into a parking space. You get 5 minutes grace to find change to feed the meter. You get a maximum 2 hours parking, then you have to move – pull out, count to 10, pull back in, feed meter again, repeat as often as necessary.
Going to court always involves lots of waiting around. The jury was selected by 1pm, then court adjourned until 2.15. So we hung around the courthouse, holding signs and engaging in some daktivist civil disobedience.
Marnz and Rob did a wonderful job keeping a steady supply of coffee and hot chocolate on the go, under difficult circumstances. It was greatly appreciated.
Doug McLeod provided some light entertainment, calling out “Cannabis for sale! Hashish for sale!” at regular intervals, especially whenever cops appeared. The cops ignored him, but a prosecutor complained about this and the joints to court staff, who in turn complained to Steve Wilkinson, because he was wearing a suit. This achieved nothing apart from making the prosecutor look like an idiot.
2.15pm – everybody goes back to the courtroom. At 2.25 Judge Barbara Morris appears and says a verdict is expected in another trial any minute – this is the trial that was supposed to finish the week before. Court adjourned till 3.30, hanging about resumes.
3.30pm – the trial starts at last, with a long spiel from the judge to the jury about what they are supposed to do. Then it was the turn of prosecutor Andrea Read, a blonde bitch who looked and sounded like she could have been a Nazi concentration camp guard in a past life.
When she is finished, all us spectators are kicked out so
XXXXXX and his “controller”, detective sergeant XXXXXX, can give their testimony in secret. More hanging around outside court, more joints go around.
A bitterly cold day with strong winds and intermittent rain. There are windfarms on the hills outside town and no wonder – the place is a wind tunnel. Nobody could stay outside the court very long in those conditions.
More secret testimony and adjournments. In the afternoon constable Brendan O’Brien testified, taking a long time to answer some of the questions.
At this stage we had been moved to courtroom 1, which has glass barriers in front of the public gallery, making it hard to hear. Lurking around the courtroom was Richard Morse, the detective in charge of Operation Relief – another shaven headed cop scumbag. What is it with cops shaving their heads? Do they think it makes them look tough?
The rain has stopped, the wind is still blowing, and there is enough sun out for Doug to spark up one of his solar cones.
Time for closing statements. Prosecutor bitch says: “This trial is not about reforming the cannabis laws. This is about abiding by the laws. It is not about an individual’s perception of right and wrong.” – and more along those lines.
Then it is Billy’s turn. He started to talk about how other people had access to the space where plants were found, but the judge would not allow this as it had not already been admitted as evidence.
Billy showed the jury bottles of hemp seed oil and talked about the hit and run that caused him to lose his leg. He discussed the PTSD he has suffered since then and the negative side effects of pharmaceutical medicines he had been prescribed – in contrast to cannabis, which has helped him cope.
He had time to refer to evidence based studies which have recommended law reform, his activities with Green Cross, and the personal cost to him of being prosecuted, before the judge cut him off.
“Your job is to apply the law as it stands,” Judge Morris told the jury. She also pointed out that entrapment is not a defense – a flaw in the law which allows cops to set people up like they did to Billy.
As the jury retired, Billy called out, “A not guilty verdict can change the law.”
It didn’t help. The jury came back within 2 hours with their verdict: guilty on all 5 charges. Useless bastards.
Billy’s sentencing will be on October 30 in Palmerston North. Plans are being made for an all night vigil at the court the night before sentencing. Further details will be posted here.
Some names in this article have been blanked out in accordance with Privacy Act 1993 Section 6
August 31st, 2012
Last Friday police came to search the Daktory again. There were just four this time instead of seven. It turns out this was a start of the holidays fun outing for the boys – New Lynn police station was closed for several days afterward. That’s right, folks – last weekend and early this week the war on crime was suspended in New Lynn – but not before a raid on the Daktory, as some light entertainment for Sergeant Winthrop and the lads.
They brought their sniffer dog again – the one that couldn’t get in on its last visit – and what do you know, it didn’t smell any cannabis. Who would have thought.
Dakta Green is trying to get his bail conditions changed so the cops can not turn up and search the Daktory any time they feel like it. This is a work in progress – next court hearing September 13.
August 29th, 2012
On September 3 Billy McKee’s trial begins in Palmerston North at 9.00am. It may last two days or more.
Billy is a long time medical cannabis activist who has helped many people over the years. He has been one of the mainstays of Green Cross and is a medical user himself. Cannabis helps him manage the chronic pain he has as a result of an accident many years ago when he lost a leg. He was deliberately knocked off his motorcycle by a drunk driver. It also helps him to manage the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) this has caused.
Billy was targeted by an undercover cop who pretended to suffer from severe migraines which can be a sign of brain tumours which are often fatal after a lot of pain and expense. Billy is a warm hearted, helpful person and thought he was helping this younger man. Well, he was – helping him notch up an arrest, which might help our undercover hero move up the career ladder in the pigocracy.
Now Billy is changed with supplying cannabis and could be facing a prison term. Supporters from around the country will gather at the court in Palmerston North on September 3 to show solidarity with Billy and to protest the ongoing injustice of prohibition. The court is on Main Street near the central square.
To send a message of support or for information on the protest, email firstname.lastname@example.org or facebbook Billy Mckee.
August 29th, 2012
On August 17 police decided to raid the Daktory. Dakta Green’s bail conditions entitle them to search the premises at any time, so they turned up around 11 am.
The timing was not accidental. If they could arrest Dakta Green at that time, it would be too late for him to go to court that day. Justices of the Peace hold court hearings on Saturdays, but they would not have the authority to adjudicate on breach of bail. Therefore they could keep Dakta Green in jail over the weekend, to cause him the maximum possible distress and inconvenience. Because they can.
Dakta Green was at his doctors when the police visited. There were seven of them together with a drug sniffing dog. They arrived in four vehicles – for those readers who pay New Zealand tax, this is where your money goes.
A Daktory member was upstairs and heard the police banging on the door. He went downstairs to let them in and accidently allowed the inner security door to close behind him. As he did not know the security code, he was locked out – but so were the cops.
They milled around the foyer for a while – a couple of them even said it looked like a cool place. The raid was like a fun outing for them – an excuse to check out the famous Daktory.
The lockout was completely unplanned – it was like the cosmos decided to let us win one. Of course the police will be back. It will be interesting to learn how the drug dog copes – it will smell cannabis in the carpets, the couch cushions, the buses, everywhere…..and more tax dollars will be wasted.
Dakta Green has a long fight ahead of him. He will probably have to endure more police harassment. Any support that people can give will be greatly appreciated.
April 2nd, 2012
Steve Hopkins is the slimy Fairfax Media hack responsible for Dakta Green being in prison. In January 2010 he was invited to visit the Daktory in hopes that a factual article about the club would appear in the media.
Instead, Hopkins called the police, told them cannabis was being sold at the Daktory, and asked them what they were going to do about it.
He was at it again recently with a story about a “cannabis vending machine” complete with photo, which looked like the same photo that appeared in the Truth earlier this year. The Truth story didn’t generate much response, but Hopkins’s story spread to other media and got too big for the police to ignore. Along the way, Hopkins misquoted Julian’s statements as president of NORML.
Actually, it seemed like there was some co-ordination between police and media – like they had been waiting for the word to spring the raid. In the follow-up report the day after the raid, another Fairfax hack wrote, “The raid comes after Auckland Now revealed yesterday people could buy one gram bags of cannabis for $20 from the vending machine at the clubhouse.”
Gizi, Blaze, Sean and Julian were arrested and face a number of charges – some of which are plainly ridiculous. Their first court appearance was accompanied by a good number of demonstrators outside the court – including Doug McLeod, who came up from Te Puke especially so he could be there. He Sparked up one of his solar cones in front of some cops – and got arrested (once again). Doug has his first court appearance in Henderson on Tuesday, and the Daktory 4 are back in court on April 18.
They will not need to enter a plea at this next appearance, and will be remanded again as the court system begins its painfully slow process.
In the meantime, they have won one legal victory. Their original bail conditions gave police the right to enter the Daktory any time without a warrant. Two District Court judges ruled that this violated a provision of the Bill of Rights that protects people from unreasonable searches.
Speaking of unreasonable searches, a week after the raid the cops hung around near the Daktory in their patrol cars and pulled people over as they were driving away. Drivers and passengers had to give their details to police.
Complaints have been made to the PoliceComplaints Authority about this harassment of club members and visitors.
Losing cash and cannabis to the police is a blow to the Daktory, but the club remains open as usual. The support of club members and friends is especially important at this time.
The Twin Streams restoration project held a barbecue last Saturday with about 40 people attending. They included about 10 people from the Daktory, various members of the local community, and two cops. Dakta Wurzel engaged the cops in conversation for much of the time they were there. They might have learned something about cannabis law reform, if they had been paying attention…
- Harry Cording